Formula 1 could return to Turkey 2 December, 2012 Dec.2 (GMM) Moves are afoot to revive the defunct Turkish Grand Prix and return it to the Formula One World Championship calendar. F1 one raced at the Hermann Tilke-penned Istanbul Park – featuring the famous four-apex Turn 8 corner – between 2005 and 2011. Bernie Ecclestone and race organisers could not agree a new race fee for 2012 and beyond. However, late last week, British journalist Bob Mackenzie of the Daily Express, revealed that the F1 chief executive is “pushing for a return” of the Turkish event, “after ruling out a French race”. Greek website gocar.gr said that the decision will be made in the coming week. Turkey’s change of fortune is due to a local businessman, Vural Ak, buying the circuit’s management rights. “I’ve known Bernie Ecclestone for many years,” he said. Ak, who is willing to pay $5m out of his own pocket, said Ecclestone is asking for a $26 million fee for the race. He said the Turkish government is willing to put in $13.5 million, “So we are close to the sum of about $20 million a year”. Ecclestone said: “It is an issue that we would be happy to discuss with those responsible. “We would very much like to return to Turkey.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Kimi4WDC Personally I love that track, one of the best!